Profile: Susie Wee

Name: Susie Wee

Title: Director, Mobile & Media Systems Lab, HP Labs

Organization: HP

Age: 37

Industry: IT

Where to find her:

30-second biography: Wee is best known for her work with imaging technologies, in particular as co-editor of the JPSEC standard for the security of JPEG-2000 images, which was finalized in April. She is also editor of the JPSEC amendment on file format security, an associate editor for IEEETransactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology and was an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Image Processing. Wee earned bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees at MIT before joining HP Labs in 1996. She's now lab director of HP's Mobile & Media Systems Lab and a consulting assistant professor at Stanford University, where she co-teaches a graduate-level course on digital video processing. Her research has been published in 50 international publications, and she has more than 25 granted patents and over 25 pending patents.

Current project: "I'm currently working in five key areas: media security technology, next-generation face-to-face collaboration, next-generation gaming experiences and technologies, mobile video, and HP Mediascapes, which are context-aware multimedia experiences."

Who in the technology industry most influenced your career? "Professor William Schreiber, my Ph.D. thesis adviser at MIT. He strongly believed in applied research through academic-industrial collaborations."

Technology you can't live without: "Always-connected technologies (device, network, services) that allow me to communicate, collaborate and be connected on almost any network, on any device, anywhere in the world. These technologies even let me blog on the beach!"

Most-critical technologies for IT this year: "Teamwork, passion and collaboration are critical elements of ambitious achievements, and 'personal IT technologies' allow this to happen online. Personal IT technologies are Internet, Web, social media and media communication technologies that let you communicate, collaborate, and build social and professional networks online, but in a personal way."

The best thing about today's technology: "It bridges distances, allowing people to connect and see one another wherever they are in the world. It also allows you to bring in the best people for the task at hand and form communities of people with common interests, not just common geography."

The worst thing about today's technology: "The user experience is too complicated and is a barrier to entry for a significant portion of the world population (the elderly, the young, the poor and those of different languages and cultures)."

Technology can... "Be personal."

Book that was most recently on your nightstand: Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything, by Don Tapscott and Anthony Williams

Favorite Web sites:,,,,

What sets you apart? "The ability to make research, business and industry impact in mobile and media experiences and technologies by leading significant collaborative, cross-disciplinary projects, both as a team member and team leader, and both as a contributor and as a manager."

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